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Duel – Valley of Shadows (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Fucking hell, but time flies. Go back to 2013, and my joint favourite albums of the year were Hell’s ‘Chapter and Curse’ and Scorpion Child’s self titled helping of excellence. Well “what does that have to do with this review… Continue Reading →

Hypnos – Set Fire to the Sky (The Sign Recordings)

Well after the initial play through, this album pretty much writes its own review. These Swedes, now into album number three, take a modern stance on classic rock. Wow, does this deliver. I found them only recently via a 7… Continue Reading →

Wytch Hazel – II: Sojourn (Bad Omen Records)

Well, Wytch Hazel produced my album of the year in “Prelude” back in 2016, and it has remained in heavy rotation in my music list ever since. That album was a heady, smoky and somewhat charmingly naive piece of folk-ish… Continue Reading →

Cloak – To Venomous Depths (Season of Mist)

Atlanta Georgia is not the first place one would think of when Blackened Death Rock is what is on the cards. However, Cloak hail form the Southern States and ply their trade in the same market as Watain and Tribulation…. Continue Reading →

Saturn – Beyond Spectra (Rise Above)

It’s been a while since Saturn’s retro debut that aimed itself quite specifically Hard Rock/Fledgeling Metal from 1974-77. Three years to be precise, but I’m here to report that the band have widened their field just a little (71-78 perhaps…),… Continue Reading →

Revel In Flesh – Emissary Of All Plagues (Cyclone Empire)

This German band is one of my favourites within death metal with consistently good releases that stay within the confines of purist deathly filth but always offering something different as this fourth album sees the band delve into more tuneful… Continue Reading →

Worshipper – Shadow Hymns (Tee Pee)

Consisting of some seasoned musicians from Boston USA, Worshipper unleash their debut having only been formed for a year or so. And an impressive debut it is starting with it’s interesting cover art, which is very non-committal as to the… Continue Reading →

Christian Mistress – To Your Death (Relapse)

Following their second album ‘Possession’, US female fronted traditional metal band Christian Mistress return with their latest slab of influences in the form of ‘To Your Death’. Musically, there is a mix of both classic metal and classic hard rock…. Continue Reading →

Carousel – 2113 (Tee Pee)

If you are in a current original band, but with a sound from a past era, you can elaborate your own sound with anything that has influenced you, see what comes out, and then leave it to reviewers to pinpoint… Continue Reading →

The Vintage Caravan – Arrival (Nuclear Blast)

My first encounter with this young Icelandic rock outfit was supporting Grand Magus in spring 2014 where I caught their last song and was immediately blown away by their energy and vibrancy. With two releases under their belts and their… Continue Reading →

Nocturnalia – Above Below Within (Gaphals)

The scene is set a with sombre, classically flavoured piano intro, just over 2 minutes long, full of emotion and drama. Anything could be coming next, Black Metal? Pagan Metal? Post Rock? Symphonic Metal? Doom? Almost the last thing I… Continue Reading →

UFO – A Conspiracy Of Stars (SPV)

Twenty Two Studio Albums! Can you imagine being in a band that has done 22 studio albums? And that doesn’t include all the live albums, side-projects and solo releases. Now OK, from the original line-up, only singer Phil Mogg and… Continue Reading →

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